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    Ariz. Gov. Vetoes Criminal Immigrant Bill
    Apr 18 11:08 AM US/Eastern

    By JACQUES BILLEAUD
    Associated Press Writer
    PHOENIX

    Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed a bill that would have criminalized the presence of illegal immigrants in Arizona, citing opposition from police agencies that want immigration arrests to remain the responsibility of the federal government.

    The proposal would have expanded the state's trespassing law to let local authorities arrest illegal immigrants anywhere in Arizona, the nation's busiest illegal entry point. Congress also had considered criminalizing the presence of illegal immigrants in the country.

    In a letter to lawmakers, Napolitano said she opposes automatically turning all immigrants who sneaked into the state into criminals and that the bill provided no funding for the new duties.

    "It is unfortunate that the Legislature has once again ignored the officials who are most directly affected by illegal immigration and instead has passed yet another bill that will have no effect on the problem but that will impose an unfunded burden on law enforcement," Napolitano wrote Monday.

    Supporters said the bill would have given Arizona a chance to get a handle on its vast border problems by providing a second layer of enforcement to catch the tens of thousands of immigrants who slip past federal agents each year.

    Republican Sen. Barbara Leff of Paradise Valley, who proposed the bill, said the governor has painted herself as tough on illegal immigration by declaring a state of emergency at Arizona's border, but has taken little action to back up her rhetoric.

    "I don't think the governor wants to do anything about this problem," Leff said. She said the bill would have been a means to detain illegal immigrants until federal agents can pick them up.

    The Democratic governor, accused by her Republican critics of being soft on immigration, has vetoed other immigration bills from the GOP- majority Legislature within the past year, including a proposal to give police the power to enforce federal immigration laws.

    While immigrants provide the economy with cheap labor, Arizona spends tens of millions of dollars each year in health care and education costs for illegal workers and their families. An estimated 500,000 of the state's population of about 6 million are illegal immigrants.
     
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    Yup too bad. Maybe they'll shut down yet another hospital down there in Arizona because the illeagals that get all their free treatment have bankrupt them.
     
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    Does not the governor of any state in the union have the power to call back their National Guard to protect their state in times of declared emergency or invasion, and station them along an unprotected border?
     
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    Arizona is 25% hispanic.

    That is a lot of votes to lose.
     
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    Only under the threat of invasion. Calling back the National Guard would be an extreme move, but a hell of a political statement.
     
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    Well, that grabs it right by the short hairs, doesnÂ’t it. Where the rubber meets the road.
     
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    So, if American citizens from Arizona were pouring over the border to occupy Mexico, would Mr. Fox regard that as an invasion?

    And yes - that would be one 'Hell of a political statement'.
     
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    If both parties GOP and DNC took the same hard line stance on illegal immigration...who would they lose the so called Hispanic votes to...it would in essence become a moot point...neither party would be effected...Where is Teddy Roosevelt when ya need him? :bat:
     
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    why would she do that if her excuse already is that its a Federal problem?
     
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    Yeah - she wouldn't - but Arnie might.
     

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